Date Of Post: 08 Jan, 2018
New Delhi : Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, “Indian Railways is set to take a quantum leap in electrification and is set to be the world’s first to be 100% electrical.”
He further said that Indian Railways will start expanding the route kilometres which are electrified from an average of 654 km from 2010-2014 to an average of 1500 kms between 2014-2018 every year.
Indian Railways Electrification Programme
- Goyal remembered late R K Vir, who moved the Indian Railways from steam engine age to the age of electrification, said that the visionary of Indian Railways would be glad to see the progress being made on the electrification program.
- On the question of whether Indian Railways will be privatised, He said, “Railways is a national utility and national means of transport for people living in the rural parts of India who travel large distances for work or religious purposes. All these people cannot be just a matter of profit or loss,” he said.
- The minister recently met officials of Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) and said that they were an efficient team.
- “The department put the entire process of approvals to their website, making it transparent for everyone to see and it also successfully reduced the number of pending applications from 640 to around 300-350,” Goyal elaborated.
- Goyal attributed another major breakthrough to RDSO, that was on removal of all the deadlines for empanelment processes. “Now the organization will be open for businesses 365 days a year. RDSO will also put a time deadline to approve each and every item,” he added.
- The Railway Ministry is also looking forward to expanding the vendor base and the supplier base of Indian Railways as he feels it will offer better quality and healthy competition.
- The minister said that the 65,000 km long railway network which caters to a thousand crore passengers every year cannot sustain on signalling system.
- Recently, Piyush Goyal had said that Indian Railways is changing its century-old signalling system with a modern network.
- “A few days ago we had a meeting to discuss the century-old signalling system which is currently in use. And in the coming years we will change the entire signalling system on our entire network,” Goyal has said.
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